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it for us. thanks very much for watching. "early start" begins now. >>> could newtown be the tipping point for gun control? the white house, a major retailer, national polls and even some pro-gun lawmakers have shifted. first, cautious step for school kids in newtown. most of them head back to school just hours from now. and is it a breakthrough for fiscal cliff talks? the two sides closer than ever with just two weeks left to go. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman here in new york. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin, live in newtown, connecticut. we'll be bringing you the very late ef on the investigation as john said, the children are starting school as well with an increased police presence, will it be enough for the parents and of course we have another funeral we are following this morning for you as well. john? >> another beautiful young child we buried up there, four days after the school massacre that numbed the entire nation. this is the latest. this unspeakable tragedy is reigniting the gun control debate all over the country. president already taking
and the continuing reaction to the newtown, connecticut, school massacre there. is some surprising news out of michigan on that issue today that we're going to be getting to. there is news about who is going to be in the united states senate in this next congress. we found out yesterday who is being tapped to replace senator jim demint, who is leaving the senate. we also found out yesterday who might replace john kerry if he leaves the senate to be secretary of state. we found out today who is the odds-on favorite to replace long-time hawaii senator daniel inouye, who died yesterday. we've got all that news ahead. >>> but we begin tonight with something that is an important story in its own terms. but for those of us at msnbc and nbc news, it is also an incredibly emotional thing. and i can tell you, it ends with good news. it ends with this news, which i can say personally was greeted by all of us as the best news in the world when we saw it. it's nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel, looking a little disheveled, a little less groomed than usual, but as you can see, looking like
this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> the question is, will newtown's tragedy be the tipping point in a country that has failed to respond when lives were lost so many times before. the debate ignited over gun control once again, but this time, with a very different feel. >> conversation we have to have along with guns, along with military style semi-automatic assault weapons with these just gr grotesque magazines. >> very powerful signs we entered a different era in this discussion. >> i don't want us to lose the hurt and the anger that we feel now and our resolve to do something. >> joining me with the very latest on the investigation is nbc news justice correspondent, pete williams. pete, where are connecticut state police focusing today as they try to uncover more behind the reasons of adam lanza? >> well, there's a huge wide range of what they're doing, thomas. they're interviewing witnesses still. they haven't even gotten to interviewing the children yet. that's going to be a very difficult process to do, very delicate one is the way they descri
dawn hochsprung's baby granddaughter. the president sat among the mourners of newtown at the vigil and told them they are not alone in their grief. >> all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. we pulled our children tight. >> in this speech, one he penned largely on his own, the president promised the people of that community that their loss would not go unanswered. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> the question is, will newtown's tragedy be the tipping point in a country that has failed to respond when lives were lost so many times before. the debate ignited over gun control once again, but this time, with a very different feel. >> conversation we have to have along with guns, along with military style semi-automatic assault weapons with these just gr grotesque magazines. >> very powerful signs we entered a different era in this discussion. >> i don't want us to lose the hurt and the anger that we feel now and our resolve to do something. >> joining me with the very latest on the investigation is nbc news ju
control debate is raging in the aftermath of the newtown school shooting, as the white house and national polls show a changing attitude. will this tragedy inspire washington to act? >>> here in newton, students returning back to school this morning, but they won't be going back to sandy hook elementary. at least not yet as another little girl laid to rest, just one day after two first grade boys buried. >>> a new sign that the tide could be turning on gun control. gun control stocks under fire. a pension fund may have to strip investments. >>> and movement on the fiscal cliff. we may be moving much closer to a deal, with the president making a surprise offer. >>> it is tuesday, december 18th. you're watching a special edition of "starting point" from newtown, connecticut. we begin right now. >>> welcome, everybody. a special edition of "starting point," live this morning from newtown, connecticut, the site, of course, where an unthinkable massacre at an elementary school has really shifted the landscape in the gun control debate. here is the latest on that president obama me
. >>> it is tuesday, december 18th. you're watching a special edition of "starting point" from newtown, connecticut. we begin right now. >>> welcome, everybody. a special edition of "starting point," live this morning from newtown, connecticut, the site, of course, where an unthinkable massacre at an elementary school has really shifted the landscape in the gun control debate. here is the latest on that president obama meeting with senior staff and cabinet members yesterday, to see proposals that will include reinstating a ban on automatic weapons. overnight, we've learned dick's sporting goods has banned the sale of ar-15 rifles and other guns like it. in fact, the modern sporting rifles section of dick's website, blank this morning. the company released a statement saying this. out of respect for the victims and their families, we have removed all guns in our store nearest newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chain wide. in this community, grief counselors and extra police patrols will be on hand this morning when children, all over newtown head back to cl
cincinnati newtown, we're hearing from chlt nra. >> and look out below. a landslide takes out a freight train. a camera captures the whole thing. look at that. good morning. welcome to "early start." >> it's nice to have you with us. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, systemic failures at the state department. that is a scathing conclusion of an independent review board investigating the deadly september 11th attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice a
of the recommendations. >> today funerals will be held for four more victims of the tragedy in newtown including teacher victoria soto who tried to protect her children from adam lanza's wrath. >> is this tragedy a tipping point on the issue of gun control? >> i honestly don't understand why you would rather have people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves. it's incomprehensible. >> you're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you? >> our plan "b" would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less. >> 13 days from the fiscal cliff. democrats saying plan "b" is doa. >> boehner's proposal will not pass the senate. >> huge winter storm stretching from colorado to the upper great lakes expected to cause blizzardlike conditions today. >> if this turns out to be real, a giant eagle snatching a child from a park in montreal. >> instagram is backing off a new policy that allowed it to use photos. >> out of russia, a truck rolling over spilling out dozens of cows. >> do fans ever ask you to curse at them? >> all the time. >> and all that matters. >> you've got to be kidding me. you know
even one tiny iota of the courage that the teachers, the principal in newtown showed on friday. >>> finally, some real answers about the benghazi attack that killed four americans. we now know more than reason for the grossly inadequate security. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with president obama's call to action against what he calls the national epidemic of gun violence amid the trauma over the newtown school massacre, he has put vice president biden in charge of the agenda that could be submitted to congress next month. and a growing number of americans want action from the government. a brand new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he
the past hour about the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut. good day, everyone. i'm alex witt. it is a day of questions and fresh insight about the sandy hook elementary school shooting. there is information about the gunman, how he entered the school and killed 20 children and six adults before he killed himself. >> we have established the point of entry. it's believed he was not voluntarily let into the school at all. that he forced his way into the school. but that's as far as we can go on that. >> in a moment, chris janzen in connecticut with more on that news conference. first compelling new information about the shooter and what he did in the days before the attack. nbc's pete williams is in washington. pete with a good day, what have you learned? >> reporter: alex, the connecticut authorities have not yet formally identified the gunman, but we're been told and i think it's widely known it's adam lanza is his name, 20 years old who was living with his mother. they say the shooting actually began that morning about three miles from the school at the home where he was livi
out of respect for the people of newtown, connecticut. newtown, connecticut. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. first up, president obama and the first step toward new gun control laws. as you might remember, he promised those changes on sunday at a heart wrenching vigil for the school shooting victims in connecticut. this morning mr. obama will announce that vice president joe biden will lead the effort to form new policies and rein in gun violence. this morning's briefing comes as newtown prepares to bury several students and a beloved teacher. vicki soto used her body to shield students from the gunman. the national rifle association finally breaks its silence. the nra promising to take part in a gun control debate it has scheduled a friday announcement. more on that in a minute. first to the white house and cnn's dan lothian. >> reporter: white house aides say this will be a chance for the president to talk more about the process of setting up this effort which, as you pointed out,
, in the wake of the newtown shootings, president obama says gun regulation will be, quote, a central issue of his second term. vice president joe biden has been tapped by the president to lead the effort and work with cabinet members on making recommendations before the president's state of the union address. the choice of biden makes sense given his extensive anti-crime portfolio as a long-time delaware senator. he helped to pass a ban on assault weapons in 149. he also received an "f" rating from the nra. he acknowledged that gun legislation alone would not solve the problem. >> we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply-held passions and political divides. as i said on sunday night, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. but the fact that this problem is co
we get them. steve centanni on the north lawn of the white us who. martha. martha: back to newtown, where sandy hook elementary's principal, dawn hochsprung, a hero in that shooting and victoria soto another hero that shielded her children from the shooter. their funerals will be held today. and 6-year-old charlotte bacon. 7-year-old daniel barden and. 6-year-old caroline previdi. as they go through this impossibly difficult day. bill: on and on they go. national rifle association breaking its silence on the massacre. the pro-gun rights group has been silent since the tragedy of last friday. in a statement it said quote. the nra is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters, and we were shocked, sad, heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in newtown. the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. nra saying it will hold a news conference on friday, one week to the day after the school shootings. martha: and the gun industry itself is facing an extreme backlash as a result of all of this and it
reedited because the massacre in newtown, connecticut. also, dennis miller running wild tonight. caution, you where to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now. hi i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. we will get to president obama and gun control in a melt. first, the talking talking points memo why isn't the president trying to secure the release of marine corps patrol john hammar? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. in the middle of the civil war, president abraham lincoln still took time to right wrongs brought to his attention. regular folks could go to the white house and hand petitions to the president's staff. mr. lincoln would then read some of them, turn the letters over and write comments that might help individual americans. abraham lincoln did that every week. now we have a situation where a former marine, 27-year-old john hammar has been in a mexican prison since last august for absolutely nothing. nothing. as we have reported, corporal hammar secured permission from the u.s. customs office in brownsville, texas to carry an an
ahead. >>> tomorrow, the national rifle association is going to address the newtown massacre. the nra has been through dozens of mass killings, while maintaining its reputation as washington's most intimidating special interest group. lawmakers take them on at their peril as debra maggart knows. joining us also is robert painter who served under george w. bush. debra, you're a strong gun supporter. you had an a-plus rating from the nra and yet you did something they didn't like and they came after you? >> they did. they had proposed a bill that they wrote that pitted property rights in tennessee against gun rights and they were both very important to republicans. property rights are a cornerstone of our democracy. we tried to work with them on that issue and they simply would not compromise with us. they would not -- >> they wrote this bill? >> they wrote the bill and they would not compromise with us about the property rights issue. it was a mandate that said every property owner in tennessee, every day care, hospital, nursing home, city hall, county building and your house, you had
for action after the horrific massacre in newtown, connecticut. the president took a number of questions. many of them on another major issue facing washington. negotiations on the fiscal cliff. with house speaker john boehner holding his own 52nd presser on that today. and we'll have more on that throughout the hour. but first in the renewed debate on gun control. the president today named vice president joe biden to lead an inter-agency task force to develop a policy response to the tragedy at sandy hook saying he cannot do it alone. >> ultimately if this effort is to succeed, it's going to require the help of the american people. it's going to require all of you. mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and yes gun owners standing up and saying enough on behalf of our kids. >> the president reiterated that he'll use whatever powers his office holds to prevent another tragedy like newtown. and his choice of vice president biden signals a robust effort to confront america's foremost gun lobbyists. >> the nra is an organization that
? tonight there is word of a possible motive in the newtown massacre. a man who says he knew the shooter's family tells fox news.com that adam lanza was upset because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility. we can't confirm that, but a senior law enforcement official does back it up. saying investigators are looking at whether lanza was angry over plans for his future mental health treatment. police say lanza shot and killed his mother friday morning before driving to that elementary school. there they say he murdered 20 children and six adults and then killed himself. we have team fox coverage. molly line on how kids are going back to school. first to rick leventhal with the latest on the investigation. police searched lanza's home for clues. one thing they reportedly did not find is of great interest. >> right. according to the hartford current, they found no prescription drugs in the home and no record that adam lanza was being treated for as bergers, autism or any mental illness. but investigators are said to be serving search warrants to obtain medical recor
to save her students and three first graders will be buried in newtown today as president obama prepares to tackle gun control with a new announcement. >>> gun sales up, gun stocks way down. more investors turning away from them in the aftermath of the newtown shootings, a sign there is growing support maybe for stricter gun laws. >>> a huge winter storm hits the middle part of the country, then heads east. talking snow, big winds. we'll track the storm for you, coming up. >>> our guests this morning include maryland congressman chris van hollen, rick scott, christiane amanpour, tom cole, and newly named senator tim scott and brad garrett will join us. wednesday, december 19th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody. our "starting point" is the state department. now blasted for systemic failures that led to the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. an independent review board determining that security at the physician facility grossly inadequate that leaders in washington ignored repeated requests to add personnel there and after the trag
's a growing sense from many residents that newtown, connecticut, should grieve without a spotlight. >> even a local newspaper there posted a facebook message, asking colleagues from the media to simply stay away from the victims. no media, and no press signs are taped up throughout the town. the "denver post" reports the parents of a little boy who ran past the shooter before his classmates were killed also put up a sign. they say every time the doorbell rang, the little boy thought the gunman had found him. >>> many communities are finding closer connections to newtown than they knew. >> in asheville, north carolina, residents released dozens of balloons remembering the victims. in particular, one, the child cough an asheville high grad. caroline previdi was the daughter of sandy johnson previdi who graduated back in 1991. her classmates reflected on their friend's loss. >> she was a graduate of asheville high. so that affected us even more so. >> it hits real close to home, it really does. i just want -- i hope the families to know that we're praying for them. >> sandy's friends are creat
said for evil to prevail, is for good people to do nothing. i'm going to newtown and elsewhere, harlem, chicago, to stand up for children. you decide how you stand up. there are those that argue some wrongly that we have the right to bear arms. children also have the right to become adults. i'm going to fight for their rights. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> ensure the domestic tranquility. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in new york. let me start tonight by talking about america. the preamble of our constitution addresses two areas of security. one is to provide for the common defense against foreign enemies. the second is to ensure domestic tranquility from violence from within. it is impossible to imagine the congress of the united states ignoring the first of these imperatives. an act of omission that would leave us open to foreign attack and invasion. tragically, we can't say the same about attacks on the country's domestic tranquility. what has the congress done to protect the country? nothing. and here's the
and wakes and speaking with ordinary people of newtown and the state of connecticut. the refrain i have heard over and over again from newtown and connecticut and all the run the country is you need to do something about the guns. the nra statement today is sadly and shamefully inadequate, calling for more guns and rejecting real action against gun violence. at a defining a historic moment for our nation demanding courageous leadership, the nra has declined to step forward as a credible and constructive partner. the proposal for more armed guards in schools may be helpful in some instances, but it falls short of the strong, serious comprehensive action needed to stop the kind of horrific tragedy that occurred last week. many police that spoke to me on that day when we take a said that the killer was so heavily armed that they doubted they could have stopped him. the american people are demanding real change. the nra proposal fails to offer any real protection from violence. members in connecticut and around the country are writing and calling me to say that the nra does not speak for th
hamlet of newtown, connecticut, five funerals and four wakes, a combination of nine different services held for sandy hook victims including the funerals for hero teacher vicki soto who died trying to hide her students and principal dawn hochsprung, who reportedly died trying to stop the gunman. a wake will be held in new york for teacher anne marie murphy who lost her life also. new today, we're learning the students of sandy hook will return to school but in a neighboring community of monroe. they start back january 2nd. for the rest of newtown, a new normal settled over the community with other area schools open, with students in their second day back in class. >> whether you wait a day or a month or whatever, you know, there is no -- there is no rule book. >> the nra breaking its silence. the powerful gun lobby will hold a major news conference to announce the actions it plans to take in the wake of the elementary school tragedy. the national rifle association breaking that silence for the first time yesterday saying it was prepared to make meaningful contributions to make sure thi
charge of an effort to-like at policy in the wake of the murder of 20 children and 6 women in newtown, connecticut. i want to bring in "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page and for "the chicago sun times," lynn swede. good morning. let me start with the fiscal cliff, pause because we only ha days left. harry reid declared boehner's plan doa. let me play what he said. >> every time we get down to getting something for the long-term financial security of this country, they take that football and it is a charlie brown episode, they jerk the ball away. >> so, lynn, what is the strategy with plan b? >> well, actually the white house just said this morning that obama would veto plan b, so it may be boehner needs to look for c, d, e and f going into further negotiations because the -- i think the reality is that there is movement on both sides. i think boehner looked -- wanted to look prudent to his members and put out -- float this other plan. and this is all the negotiations. i think they still just have to get more spending cuts, obama has his left flank exposed with his cost of
newtown? >> i don't believe that will make one difference. >> is that aggressive interviewing or almost taking a stand? >> i'm happy with that, but i don't want to see it become too proscatorial for the reasons that tom was just saying. you know, don't do that. go after the facts about the nra. >> the interview was pressing lapierre on the facts and he was responding with the point of view, it's not guns. you said this is not helpful. doesn't wayne lapierre have a point on this score when he says that companies, media companies either glamourize violence through the colors and making the movies and television shows and video games. i mean, isn't that something that should be on the table for discussion, as well? >> i think if you look at all the statistics about violence and everything that has changed in our culture over the past 20 or 30 or 40 years, i don't see how you can't look at everything. this is the place where the nra probably ran afoul, though, on friday. they said, look at everything except guns. the truth is, many of us came out of there saying if at one point they said in
, and house minority leader nancy pelosi. >> the tragedy in newtown struck the hearts of every american. we have to respond. >> whoever says this is not the right time, say this. when is the right time? >> so issue is front and center. the news conference will tell us about the nature of the debate. >> thank you, mark. sandy hook students will not return to school until 2013. they wail tend classes in an unused middle school in monroe. that school hzn't been used since june, 2011. crews and workers have been making% g< safe for their return. the school will be run by donna page, a retired sandy hook principal. the rft of the students return to class yesterday. parents say at this point they just want to try to return to normalcy. >> i just naturally would love to keep my kids in a bubble. you can't live that way. >> connecticut lead medical examiner wants to look into the dna of adam lanza and asked wants to determine if there are identifiable diseases associated with this violent debehaifor autos school buses are back on the streets in newtown, connecticut. there are also funeral processio
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're going to see the media slowly and quietly pulling away from newtown. we'll let them grieve alone. but america, what are we so afraid of? for me it's that we let this moment, this gut punch to the national conscience slip away. i want to know what you think. find us on facebook and twitter, our handle is cnnbottomline, my handle is @christineromans. cnn continues now. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "cnn saturday morning." here we go, it was ten days till new year's and all through d.c., not a deal was stirring despite every plea. >>> more guns. that's the nra's solution for preventing another school massacre. all morning long, we put gun control in focus. >>> a man with down syndrome beaten and pepper sprayed by police. the crime -- not turning around. the family joins us live. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. on the west. thank you very much for joining us this morning. we start with the national rifle association's plan to make school safer. armed guards. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is
to put the economy at risk because they can't bridge that gap. and he even used the newtown massacre as a political wedge if you will, when questioned about the stalled talks. >> and when you think about what we've gone through over the last couple of months, a devastating hurricane, and now one of the worst tragedies in our memory, the country deserves folks to be willing to compromise on behalf of the greater good. >> back in 2011, both sides were able to blame each other for the failure to achieve a quote/unquote grand bargain. yet history is repeating itself. the white house believes boehner is walking away. t they are accusing the white house of not reopening talks. they say they are waiting for a phone call. the big reason boehner walked away to folk auns plan b, we're told and white house -- was the white house's refusal to lower a revenue target number from $1.2 trillion. supposedly if the white house got closer to $1 trillion, even $1.1 trillion and included one to one spending cuts before counting interest, that boehner would sign off on that deal. folks, if we're really th
that vice president biden will spearhead his administration's response to the newtown shooting. the president is not expected to go into detail on policy decisions. the national rifle association has broken it's silence issuing a statement that reads in part this. the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. that's significant. >> can i stop for a second there? if progressives, if moderates, if conservatives that are concerned about these magazine clips and assault weapons, if they want to feel self-righteous and scream and yell, they can do it and we won't get a deal. this is like the fiscal cliff. in the end it's like in "lincoln" with the 13th amendment. if the nra comes out and says something like that, instead of everybody going, now that blood's on your hands, you know what? guess what? feel self-righteous. you can save lives, or you can feel self-righteous. beat your chest like jim and tammy faye bakker if that's how you sleep at night. if that gets you through the night, go ahead. i tell you what, the art of politics,
of the newtown school shooting. there was a stirring scene last night. the word hope, spelled out with candles, outside the wake of sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. and there was this. hundreds of firefighters standing at attention at the funeral of 7-year-old daniel barden, who wanted to be one of them when he grew up. today, vice president joe biden will begin meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss how to prevent another tragedy like newtown. we're going to have more on those talks coming up in just a moment. >>> and new concerns about marijuana and prescription drug use among teens this morning. a new survey finds 23% of high school seniors now admit smoking pot in the last month alone. 7% say they smoke it every day. and 1 in 12 teens now admits to using the stimulant adderall, which treats attention deficit disorder. a significant increase from just three years ago. >>> and finally, a $500 million mystery this morning after a whole lot more than a prayer was left at jerusalem's holiest of sites. a visitor at the famed western wall found an envelope, you guys. it
to ensure mass shootings like the one in newtown never happens again but last night the host of the organization's web cast continued to be critical of any attempt at gun control including president obama's announcement of a brand new task force on gun violence headed by vp joe biden. >> when you look at the president, he mentioned, he's going to tackle this on all fronts but the majority of his press conference today was about guns. you can ban whatever you want. he'll find something else to get. if he can't get his hands on that, he'll find something else. >> in just the last hour, the vice president held his first meeting with the task force meeting with u.s. attorney general eric holder and law enforcement officials from around this country. ag holder will head to newtown later today to meet with first responders to the sandy hook massacre and three more victims will be laid to rest today. nguyen rals will be held for kathlyn hubbard, benjamin wheeler and ann marie murphy, a special education teacher. joining me now, msnbc contributor, michael smerkonish. michael, we hear
will announce a task force led by vice president biden to develop a policy response to the newtown, connecticut shooting. the president is not expected to make any policy decisions but lay out a path forward on a process to come up with some policy proposals. on sunday though he did promise in newtown that he would use whatever power this office holds to prevent future tragedies. yesterday white house spokesman jay carney said that could include reexamining some gun laws. carney said the president supports senator dianne feinstein's attempt to revive the assault weapons ban as well as a ban on high-capacity magazines. he also supports closing the so-called gun show loophole. any effort though at new restrictions on guns will kick off a new fight in washington. the nra spent $18.6 million supporting and opposing candidates during the 2012 cycle. according to the sun life found case, 51% of the numbers of the new congress have received funding from the national rifle association's political action committee at some point in their political careers. the nra is known for staying silent, running out
: a would make everybody smile. >> brian: been a painful week for the shootings in newtown, connecticut. much has been brought up about gun control. the nra has been silent, but that changes today. doug is live in washington. they're going to have a press conference today, right? >> they are. we're going to hear directly from them about what happened last week. the president also and perhaps much of the nation will observe a moment of silence this morning to mark one week since the horrific killings at sandy hook elementary school last week. just as the national rifle association prepares to publicly respond to new gun control efforts, the president is also addressing what the administration says is the fastest growing effort they've ever seen on they're we the people petition site with more than 400,000 signature, they say, to back forms of new gun control legislation. the president took to youtube to send a message to congress. >> i called on congress to take up and pass common sense legislation that has the support of a majority of the american people, including banning the sale of m
, of course how are folks doing in newtown, in the communities affected? are people finding it harder as the funerals occur day by day? >> the pain of this horrible event on last friday, i again just kind of he can cost and reechoes with each day of multiple funerals for children at any parent, any family can immediately identify with. so the shock is still incredibly deep and intense. and the revulsion of you know, just the way this thing has played out last friday, i think again is really making a level of anger and determination to make sure that it doesn't get brushed under the rug. >> eliot: in a way emotionally, the hardest part will after the funerals when there is nothing but silence. that's most devastating. you heard the clip where republican governors are beginning to say if only teachers were armed. if we had guns in the classroom. if principals had guns. it strikes me as so completely not only wrongheaded and counter intuitive but almost revolting. am i wrong in that reaction? >> not at all. victoria soto, w
in newtown connecticut to avoid such events in the future. like most americans, we were shocked by what happened. like all americans, we've been discussing all of the various options that are available to protect our children. and at this point we would like to share our thinking with you. and for that purpose i'd like to introduce wayne lapierre, our executive vice president. thank you for being with us. at the end of this conference we will not be taking questions but next week we will be available to any of you who are interested in talking about these or other issues of interest to you so contact us at that point. thank you very much. wayne. >> good morning. the national rifle association, 4 million mothers, father's, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of newtown, connecticut who have suffered such an incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime. out of respect for the families and until the facts are known, the n.r.a. has refrained from comment. while some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain,
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